Open letter to the Pope: Stay out of our politics
Letter to the Catholics of Ireland
On St. Patrick’s Day, in a statement from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of a “letter” he would release which would help Irish Catholics “in the process of repentance, healing and renewal.”
Finally released over the weekend, almost simultaneously with a report from Reuters of more charges of child abuse by Catholic priests, this time in Switzerland, as recently as 2001, the Popes “pastoral letter” once again illustrates that the Catholic Church’s actions are way too little way to late.
Times are tough all over, and apparently even the Vatican is feeling the economic squeeze on their coffers, because instead of taking any responsibility or offering the substantive promise that any priest accused of, and found guilty of having committed the heinous crime of child molestation, would be excommunicated from the church and handed over to authorities for criminal action, the Pope takes an extremely weak and noncommittal stance.
For my part, considering the gravity of these offences, and the often inadequate response to them on the part of the ecclesiastical authorities in your country, I have decided to write this Pastoral Letter to express my closeness to you and to propose a path of healing, renewal and reparation.”
To the child victims who suffered at the hands of so-called celibate priests, he offered this as a solution:
Speaking to you as a pastor concerned for the good of all God’s children, I humbly ask you to consider what I have said. I pray that, by drawing nearer to Christ and by participating in the life of his Church – a Church purified by penance and renewed in pastoral charity – you will come to rediscover Christ’s infinite love for each one of you. I am confident that in this way you will be able to find reconciliation, deep inner healing and peace.
The bulk of his letter focuses on ways to get new butts and old butts back into the pews so the coffers can begin taking in the same obscene amounts donated on blind faith, that they were taking-in in the past.
The economy is tough all over, and Benedict XVI seems to be more worried about the business side of his church of ill repute than actually stopping the rampant child abuse that has been discovered in diocese world-wide. Aside from working closely with authorities and publicly “disrobing” any priest found to have committed acts of child abuse or rape as well as any Catholic authority who helped cover-up the crime, the Pope should have announced that he was reconsidering the celibacy requirement clung to so tightly by his church, which can in many ways be considered unnatural and unsustainable by normal humans, and can also be considered as the number one factor and cause of these criminal acts. Until he faces that secular reality, gets his head out of the clouds, and takes some responsibility and real action, children will continue to be abused by priests who though they may try, cannot live up to their vows. After all, they are only human.
Photo credit: Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady, left, hands out a letter from the pope to a child, at St Patrick’s Cathedral Armagh, Northern Ireland, Saturday, March, 20, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI rebuked Irish bishops Saturday for “grave errors of judgment” in handling clerical sex abuse and ordered a Vatican investigation into the Irish church to wipe out the scourge. In a letter to the Irish faithful read across Europe amid a growing, multination abuse scandal, the pope did not mention any Vatican responsibility. And he doled out no specific punishments to bishops blamed by victims and Irish government-ordered investigations for having covered up years of abuse. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Sources: Reuters, The Vatican